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Guest Post: Facebook in the Classroom

Facebook in the Classroom

by Andrea Erins

While Facebook was once discouraged and even banned from many classrooms and schools, educators are beginning to embrace the social networking tool as a way to enhance students’ learning experience.

So how can teachers use Facebook in the classroom, you might ask? Here are some ideas.

1. Classroom Groups – This is one of the most popular ways that teachers are using Facebook. Teachers can give students Facebook-related assignments such as posting what they learned or questions they have on the group “wall.” This will encourage other students can respond and encourages collaborative learning through discussion. The teacher can also post relevant links with additional material for the students to view.

The key to using a classroom group on Facebook is to make it private. Teachers should create separate profiles with strict privacy settings that they only use for school. Students can also create separate accounts or they can simply adjust their privacy settings to limit what content the teacher sees. The classroom group should also be private so that only the teacher, students, school administrators, and parents can view it.

2. Messages – Facebook is a great way to keep everyone informed. Teachers can send messages to everyone in the classroom group about unexpected absences, upcoming events, rescheduled exams, or missed assignments. They can also send a private message to an individual student or parent – these days, many people will be more likely to respond to Facebook than to an email.

3. Sharing Content – Teachers can post a link to an interesting webpage, article, or video that they want their students to view. They could also add photos from a recent class trip or project. They can even post notes from class, homework assignments, or study guides. Even students can get involved and post related links or photos to enhance the learning experience.

4. Keep Everyone Updated – If a parent has a Facebook account, it’s easy for them to stay updated on classroom happenings. All they have to do is check the class group page. If they have a specific concern, they can also send a private message to the teacher.

5. Class Project – Facebook itself can turn into a class project. Have students make Facebook profiles for fictional characters or historical figures and have them interact with each other the way the characters would. The students will get into the role-playing aspect and will embrace this chance to check Facebook as part of their homework, rather than use it as a distraction from doing work.


Andrea Erins has been a college professor for 13 years and likes to write about various topics related to education. She is the owner of the site  Masters in Education.




Filed under Education

Public Forum: Education on the Sunshine Coast (Postponed)

Last spring the Sunshine Coast Board of Education planned a fall forum to gather community input on educational opportunities in our district. Unfortunately, the event has now been postponed, but I would still like to hear about your ideas for innovative program ideas for the Sunshine Coast.

So, tell me:

What things do we do well in our district?

What things do we need to improve on?

What type of programs would you most like to see expanded (or initiated)?




Filed under Sunshine Coast Board of Education, Sunshine Coast School Board

Sunshine Coast Teachers’ Blogs

At the public Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night (Sept. 13-for those of you who missed it) Pender Harbour Secondary principal Mark Heidebrecht gave the Board and audience a brief but informative overview on the use of technology by educators on the Sunshine Coast. Continue reading


Filed under Education, Sunshine Coast Board of Education, Sunshine Coast News and Politics, Sunshine Coast School Board

Will Sechelt Council’s proposed “Wound an Elk” bylaw surpass the recent “Save the Rats and Seagulls” bylaw in popularity?

Sechelt Council is managing to garner an inordinate amount of attention again, for another proposed bylaw.

I’m assuming the intent of this bylaw isn’t to allow people to wound elk with arrows and let them run around in an attempt to scare off their buddies, but that is how it’s been interpreted in the community. And with pretty good reason. That’s how it reads in last week’s (February 5th, 2010) Coast Reporter, due to a combination of poorly worded quotes from wildlife biologist Darryl Reynolds, who suggested the bylaw to Council.

Or maybe that really is the intent, I don’t know. Again, it could be from what I can gather so far. And maybe that is a good way to get rid of “nuisance” elk. Not my area of expertise. It’s not the merit of the bylaw that I’m wondering about, I claim no moral superiority either way–I’ve never been bothered by elk, but I have been known to enjoy some elk jerky. What I’m wondering is just who is in charge of communications over at DoS and what are they doing?

I respect the Mayor and Council over at DoS, and I’m reasonably sure they have good intentions by looking into this, but this is just another in a pretty steady stream of wacky sounding moves that have not been met with a lot of public support.

I mean, who knew that it would be unpopular to tell little girls that their camp, and the criminals who run it,  are finally being brought to justice? Continue reading


Filed under Sunshine Coast News and Politics